On our second night out in Los Cabos it was recommended that we try a restaurant called Metate where I first laid eyes on these adorable animal styled mortar and pestle bowls called molcajete (molka’ xete) in Spanish. I decided right then I wanted to take one home! Travelers tip: decide on that special souvenir before you buy a whole bunch of nothin!
I found lots of plain ones and super big ones, but I wanted the animal faced one and of course it had to fit in my suitcase and not put me over my weight limit!
My traveling buddies kept their eyes out for that special bowl the whole week we were there. Flash forward to our last shopping day. This was it. I had to find my special molcajete or all would be lost! I got confused on about how many vendors and shops we went into. Most of the molcajete’s were plain ones and some were so big I could have worn them as a hat, had it not been made of stone! Daylight was waning, I was starting to lose hope. “Have we been down this street?”, I asked my weary friends. They shook their heads as if to say “no, we haven’t and we are done looking!” I gave my best “puppy eye” look and they followed me into another street laden with vendors and merchandise that nobody needed but everybody wanted. The boys stopped in a promising shop while my girlfriend and I wandered into a store front a few doors down. We looked through the small shop pretty quickly as I could tell they didn’t have what I was looking for, when something caught my eye in the far corner. It was stone, gray and had a pestle, but as I got up close, alas, again…it was just a plain one (insert sad face). At just that moment the boys came sauntering down the street towards us with wide, silly grins on their faces. They looked triumphant! My eyes shone with hope! “What did you find?” I asked excitedly. They unwrapped their package very carefully. They held it up like the Lion King holding his first born son. A pig faced molcajete, just the right size and at a bargain price (they said victoriously)! The search was over! The prize had been found. I could go home a happy camper!
But wait! How does one use this cool pig molcajete? Well, you’ve come to the right place. I will tell you along with how to make a simple but delicious guacamole!
Here is How to Cure a Molcajete:
- Wash the molcajete with water then clean with a wire brush.
- Use the pestle to grind up several cloves of garlic into a paste. Spread it all around the inside of the mortar. …
- Let the molcajete rest 24 hours.
- Rinse away the paste from the molcajete.
Simple but yummy Guacamole from Tastefoodblog
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Makes about 2 cups
1 small red or green jalapeño pepper, stemmed and seeded, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, plus extra chopped leaves for garnish
3 to 4 large ripe Hass avocados
2 tablespoons coarsely grated yellow onion with juice
Juice of one lime
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 to 3 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco (optional)
1. Combine the jalapeño, garlic, and red onion in a mortar. Press on the ingredients with your pestle, and grind them around the mortar in a circular movement, 3 to 4 times. Add the cilantro and gently bruise the leaves with the pestle.
2. Add the avocados, yellow onion, and lime juice and mash to form a blended but chunky consistency. Mix in the cumin, salt, black pepper, and hot sauce, if using, and taste for seasoning. Serve garnished with additional chopped cilantro.
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